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“Does your home still fit?”How do you know if it’s time for downsizing, upsizing, or changing your scenery? Often times, a baby, growing children, or a now empty nest can drastically impact your living space. Marriages, divorces, blended families, career changes, and economic influences can all make you feel like you’ve outgrown your current living situation. 

If you see yourself in one of these categories, now might be the time for a change of address.

More Babes Than Beds

At one time, your home was probably perfect for a single person or a couple beginning life together. Then you had a baby. And then another baby. And then those babies started getting bigger. If everyone under your roof could use a bit more personal space, perhaps you’re ready for a bit more house.

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As summer winds down my mind turns to what outside projects need to be completed and what book I can read on a pleasant evening on the deck.  Today I would like to highlight a very special book to me, BLOOMING INTO LIFE by Kristie Booker. Kristie is my daughter-in-law and I am so very proud that she followed her desires and dreams and had a book published. We all need to be reminded that we should follow our dreams and help others in this life.  Kristie did both of these by writing BLOOMING INTO LIFE as it is the story of a woman searching for her true self. Being true to ourselves in this life is a daily activity as  we react and respond to life events each day.  Sometimes we fail but we have to never give up and know that tomorrow is a new day and it is

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Behind Your Back!

You know that expression about a duck floating on top of water-gracefully, seamlessly, effortlessly-while beneath the surface, out of sight, its legs are madly paddling to create movement?

That is the life of a Realtor®.

For every hour your real estate agent spends smiling in your presence, he or she will spend an average of nine hours working behind your back to create movement, find you the perfect home, or get yours sold.

Here’s an insiders look at some of the things our realtors are doing when clients aren’t around.

They do their homework.

Market research is a big part of every realtor’s day. They research potential properties, evaluate competition, and review their multiple listing service database. They pour over detailed property

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Landscape BlogHomebuyers often formulate their first impression of a property before they even walk through the front door. The aesthetic look of a home’s exterior can be very telling of what someone can expect to find on the inside. At the very least, the outside of your home will determine whether or not buyers want to take a look inside.

“The exterior of a house is the first thing a potential buyer experiences,” says Brinkoetter Realtors Owner and local expert, Tom Brinkoetter. “People buy-or don’t buy-as soon as they pull up to a home.”

So what does that mean for someone preparing to sell their house?  

“Dollar for dollar, the best money you will spend preparing to sell your home is the money you spend on landscaping,” says Brinkoetter. “You don’t have to

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